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“Excellent experience of olden days Scottish life”
Review of People's Story

People's Story
Ranked #68 of 449 things to do in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 3 August 2017

Wandered in here by accident with my 9yo daughter and stayed to look at every single exhibit detailing the history of the city. Beautifully done. Stevie and Elizabeth were excellent hosts. Life size dioramas of working and domestic life shows kids how tough life was for people hundreds of years ago.

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"royal mile"
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"wax figures"
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"video room"
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Warm welcome on walking in, free museum dedicated to the folk of the town.

Not too big to be onerous, and just a nice size to spend an hour or so reading the exhibits on the history of the people of the town.

My favourite story was John Dow. He wasn't the most dashing looking man but, by the account, he could handle an axe in a fight.

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Reviewed 23 July 2017

This is not a museum about the great and good of Edinburgh but about the lives of ordinary working people and the poverty they endured.I liked the quotes beside the exhibits about people's lives and memories of how life was when they were young.
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

A vivid portrayal of the life of the majority of people in the city is offered here. Situated in the terrific Canongate Tolbooth, over numerous rooms the history is told with displays, dioramas, models, banners and flags. An audiovisual provides a good overview concentrating on the lives of four people.

The period covered is from the late 18th century to the present. Poverty and hardship of everyday life of the many is conveyed with details of the slums and tenements that were endemic in the old town. An original cell is evocative of the conditions endured by the misfortunate prisoners and contains a most robust lock.

Everyday life and work is shown with a forge, a woman mending nets, a washing board and a housekeeper in a more prosperous house about to light the fire.

Gradually over the decades life improved for the citizens, portrayed by better living conditions and more supportive social institutions.

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Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

It started to rain as I walked down the Royal Mile and I sought refuge from the deluge in this small municipal run museum. I have to say this would not be on my list of places to visit in Edinburgh but I was pleasantly surprised. The museum tells the story of the people of Edinburgh with a series of displays, it refers to housing, industry and the union movement. The museum is free to enter and is worth visiting for an hour.

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